Tutors in Action
Tutors in Action is an academic intervention program that provides one-on-one tutoring to children experiencing homelessness throughout Indianapolis. School on Wheels brings more than 400 volunteers to nine partner shelter locations and four public schools, and provides tutoring sessions to the children at these facilities up to four times each week. Our tutoring program supports both youth experiencing homelessness and those students who are considered “hidden homeless.” Youth who represent the hidden homeless population are those children who are living in transition outside of the shelter system. We reach this population through our school partnerships.
Our after-school tutors provide one-on-one homework assistance to school-aged children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. We hold after-school tutoring at 9 homeless shelters and four Marion County schools up to four nights a week, and provide over 7,700 one-on-one tutoring sessions each school year.
The Tutoring Hour
School on Wheels develops hands-on activities that align with Indiana state standards for grades K – 12. These activities include those in our Tutor Toolkits, Creativity Kits, ISTEP Practice Cards and educational apps on iPads at each location.
- Tutor Toolkit – Fun, game-based activities for students in grades K-12 that address Indiana state standards in math and language arts.
- Creativity Kit – Art kits that contain all of the necessary materials to complete Creativity Cards, short cards that give information on a specific artist and his/her work and detail an activity for the tutor and child to complete based on that artist’s work.
- iPads – iPad-trained tutors engage students in grades K-12 using iPad apps in a wide variety of subjects (math, language arts, science, history, art, music, reference) to reinforce learning, complete homework, and allow students to develop important 21st century technological skills.
- Science Kit – Hands-on science enrichment activities that correspond to iPad apps.
- Library – Students are able to choose books to read during the tutoring hour that are appropriate for their grade level and reading ability. After a student completes a book, they are able to take it home with them.